Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

Yes, as long as the yarn can be worked on the same knitting tension/gauge. Always swatch to make sure you get the same number of stitches in width and rows in height as given in the pattern.

Remember that different yarns with different textures, will give the garment different looks. The yardage/length may also be different, so when substituting always calculate the number of yards needed, in order to know the amount of yarn you need.

Here's an example of how to calculate the amount of an alternative yarn (from the same yarn group) needed for a pattern:

The pattern requires 300g of yarn X.
Yarn X runs 170m per 50g, which means 6 balls (of yarn X) x 170 m = 1020 m of yarn needed.
You want to use yarn Y. This yarn runs 150m per 50g.
1020m / 150m = 6.8 = 7 balls of yarn Y needed to replace yarn X.

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You can also try working with yarn from a different Yarn Group on your pattern by replacing the yarns as follows:

  • 2 threads A = 1 thread C
  • 3 threads A = 1 thread D
  • 4 threads A = 1 thread E
  • 8 threads A = 1 thread F
  • 2 threads B = 1 thread D
  • 2 threads C = 1 thread E
  • 4 threads C = 1 thread F
  • 2 threads E = 1 thread F
  • 1 thread A + 1 thread C = 1 thread D
  • 2 threads A + 1 thread C = 1 thread E
  • 1 thread C + 1 thread D = 1 thread F

Here's an example of how to calculate the amount of 2 threads of Nepal (C) as alternative yarn needed for a pattern in 1 thread Eskimo (E):

The pattern requires 1150g of yarn E.
Yarn E runs 50m per 50g, which means 23 balls (of yarn E) x 50 m = 1150 m of yarn E needed.
You want to use yarn (Cx2). This yarn runs 75m per 50g.
1150m / 75m = 15,3 balls x 2 = 31 balls of (C) needed to replace yarn E.

Here are two different examples of how to calculate the amount of 1 thread from group C like DROPS AIR OR DROPS BIG MERINO as alternative yarn needed for a pattern in 2 threads from group A like: 1 thread Baby Alpaca Silk (BAS) and 1 thread Kid Silk (KS):

The pattern requires 300g BAS + 125g KS.
Yarn BAS runs 167m per 50g, which means 6 balls x 167m = 1002 m of BAS needed.
Yarn KS runs 200m per 25g, which means 5 balls x 200m = 1000 m of KS needed.
You want to use DROPS AIR. This yarn runs 150m per 50g.
1000m/150m = 6,7 balls = 7 balls of (AIR) needed to replace 1 BAS + 1 KS.
OR! You want to use DROPS BIG MERINO. This yarn runs 75m per 50g.
1000m/75m = 13,3 balls = 14 balls of (BIG MERINO) needed to replace 1 BAS + 1 KS.

Comments (73)

Lisbeth 22.09.2020 - 10:18:

Hej. Jeg skal strikke en trøje med to tråde Flora, lækkert garn. Men trøjen er til et børnehavebarn, hvilket garn kan jeg anvende i stedet for, altså et der kan tåle vaskemaskine?

DROPS Design 23.09.2020 - 13:56:

Hej Lisbeth. Du kan använda DROPS Baby Merino istället, det tål vaskemaskin och är i samma garngrupp som DROPS Flora. Tänk bara på att det endast är 175 m/50 g i Babymerino så du behöver nog lite mer garn än det som står i oppskriften. Mvh DROPS Design

Lynda Rendell 07.09.2020 - 11:23:

Hi I’m looking for an equivalent yarn to Corticelli thistebloom I’m hoping you could help me . I can’t talk anything else apart from that I don’t know how much wool is needed

DROPS Design 08.09.2020 - 10:48:

Dear Mrs Rendell, please contact your DROPS store, even per mail or telephone - to get any further assistance choosing the yarn/amount of yarn and individual help. Happy knitting!

Nnette Dahl 22.08.2020 - 18:33:

Hej garnstudio, jeg vil strikke en norsk sweater , der er strikket i Per Gynt uldgarn. Kan jeg erstatte garnet med Puna alpakka garn eller andet garn uden lanolin ( pga allergi) ? På forhånd tak. Mvh, Annette Dahl

DROPS Design 31.08.2020 - 11:26:

Hei Nnette. I DROPS Puna er fibrene er ubehandlet, hvilket betyr at det ikke har vært utsatt for kjemisk behandling, men kan ikke garantere at du ikke reagerer på garnet. Anbefaler deg å strikke en prøvelapp, både for å teste ut allergi og at strikkefastheten stemmer med det som står i oppskriften. Les gjerne også om garnet DROPS Lima (65% Peruvian Highland ull og 35% superfin alpakka, garnfibrene er ubehandlet, de kun vasket og ikke utsatt for kjemisk behandling før farging). God Fornøyelse!

Christine Hammar 05.08.2020 - 15:53:

What Drops yarns are Aran weight?

DROPS Design 06.08.2020 - 09:34:

Dear Mrs Hammar, please find here an overview of all our yarns sorted by group = by thickness. For any individual assistance choosing a yarn, you are welcome to contact your DROPS store. Happy knitting!

Cathrine Whittaker 19.07.2020 - 04:44:

Please explain what A means. Thankd

DROPS Design 20.07.2020 - 10:20:

Dear Mrs Whittaker, our yarn are sorted in groups - read more here. Happy knititng!

Anne-Marie Børjesson 14.07.2020 - 11:42:

Hei, Ser at fabel garn nr. 674 og 671 ikke kan velges. Hva kan disse erstattes med? Takk på forhånd😊

DROPS Design 06.08.2020 - 10:21:

Hej Anne-Marie, her finder du vores aktuelle DROPS Fabel farvekort

Brigitte 29.06.2020 - 15:39:

Was beutet beim Garn z.B. diese Angaben Garnguppe: B (20 - 22 Maschen) / 8 ply / DK / worsted oder Garngruppe A 26 - 23 Maschen

DROPS Design 30.06.2020 - 11:11:

Liebe Brigitte, unsere GArne sind in Garngruppen von A bis F verteilt - dieses Garn gehört der Garngruppe B - die Maschenprobe ist (je nach den Nadeln) 20 bis 22 Maschen für 10 cm - dann ist die Garnstärke (8ply/DK). Hier lesen Sie mehr über unsere Garngruppen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Claudine Gilbert 15.06.2020 - 09:09:

Mais quel site ! On a une question particulière , immédiatement on obtient une réponse très claire ! Merci et bravo à vous !

Marlys Uhrenholt 07.06.2020 - 13:29:

Hvordan strikker jeg en indvendig lomme i modellen "Firecracker": Jakke til herre med v-hals Drops Fabel ?

DROPS Design 08.06.2020 - 07:26:

Hei Marlys. Ta en titt på denne videoen og forklaringen, og så tilpass den til Firecracker jakken. God Fornøyelse!

Claire Ball 04.06.2020 - 10:30:

Good day, I bought Drops Baby Alpaca Silk online when in the UK. Now back in South Africa and would like to knit the Lamb Dance Hat for my granddaughters . I started one hat and it is WAY too small then I realized that the pattern is for yarn group B and my yarn is in group A. I need to increase the number of stitches but not sure by how many ?I am not an experienced knitter so am finding it really difficult to calculate. I need to knit hats for head circumferences of 51cm and 49 cm. Thanks

DROPS Design 05.06.2020 - 08:42:

Dear Mrs Ball, we are unfortunately not able to adjust every pattern to every single request, you are welcome to contact your DROPS store by e-mail or any knitting forum. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy knitting!

Annette 29.05.2020 - 11:04:

Bonjour , je souhaite réaliser un modèle en drops alpaca ( en 2 fils ) qui était initialement en silk alpaca. Le modèle demandait 850gr de silk alpaca. Combien de pelotes me faut-il commander svp ?

DROPS Design 02.06.2020 - 11:20:

Bonjour Annette, suivez la règle de calcul ci-dessus ou bien plus simplement utilisez notre convertisseur dans le modèle concerné - votre magasin DROPS saura vous aider si besoin. Bon tricot!

Jacky M 22.05.2020 - 14:44:

Guten Tag, ich würde gerne das Garn Big Delight durch Alpaca ersetzen und zwei Fäden Alpaca verwenden. Wäre es korrekt statt 2 Knäuel Big Delight (also 360 m Lauflänge) , 5 Knäuel Alpaca zu bestellen und diese Wolle dann zweifädig zu verarbeiten?

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 - 13:40:

Liebe Jacky M, ja genau - aber beachten Sie, daß Sie dann eine unterschiedliche Struktur bekommen - Ihr DROPS >Laden wird Ihnen helfen, die beste passende Alternative zu finden. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Jacky M 22.05.2020 - 14:43:

Guten Tag, ich würde gerne das Garn Big Delight durch Alpaca ersetzen und zwei Fäden Alpaca verwenden. Wäre es korrekt statt 2 Knäuel Big Delight (also 360 m Lauflänge) , 5 Knäuel Alpaca zu bestellen und diese Wolle dann zweifädig zu verarbeiten?

Tine Bentsen 11.05.2020 - 13:49:

Jeg vil gerne kombinere Drops Alpaca Silk, Brushed med Drops Alpaca - når jeg kombinere de to garntyper hvilken kategori opskrifter skal jeg så se efter/bruge? På forhånd tak for svar

DROPS Design 18.05.2020 - 08:01:

Hei Tine. Om du bruker vår søkemotoer og velger garnet DROPS Brushed AlpacaSilk, så på neste side velger du 12, 13 eller 14 under Strikefasthet. Da vil du se en del plagg strikket i DROPS Brushed AlpacaSilk og andre kvaliteter i garngruppe A, feks Alpaca, Nord, Delight, f.eks DROPS 206-43, 200-36. Du kan også strikke deg en prøvelapp med Brushed AlpacaSilk og Alpaca og sjekke hvilken strikkefasthet du får og da søke etter strikkefasthet under Garngruppe. God Fornøyelse!

Lonni Eriksen 10.05.2020 - 10:30:

Jeg har været så heldig at få noget af vores eget uld i år: 275m/100g strikkefasthed 22m=10cm jeg vil gerne strikke det sammen med 1 tråd Drops kid silk. Hvilken garn gruppe kommer garnet så i og hvilke str. pinde? 😊

DROPS Design 11.05.2020 - 06:56:

Hei Lonni. Vi har ingen kvalitet som har den løpelengde og strikkefasthet. I garngruppe B finner du kvaliteter som strikkes med pinne 4 og har en strikkefasthet på 21 masker x 28 pinner, men løpelengden er kortere enn 275 meter/ 100 gram. Men sjekk ut vår oversikt under Garn - Alle garner, og strikk noen prøvelapper. mvh DROPS design

Carmen Leticia Hernandez Lozano 08.05.2020 - 18:30:

Me puede decir donde puedo comprar el estambre en Mexico, o si o envian a mexico

Ana 06.05.2020 - 13:48:

Para tejer a ganchillo, crochet, bolsas de rejilla que hilos son más recomendados por su resistencia, para utilizar las bolsas para fruta y verdura, dar varios nombres gracias.

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 - 00:52:

Hola Ana. Para este tipo de labores se recomiendan hilos de algodón de grosor medio (Muskat) o grueso (Paris, DropsYou )

Jacqueline M Kail 16.04.2020 - 20:19:

When it says repeat from +-+ 5 more times does that mean that you will work more than two INC dc-Group around the ch-space at the tip mid front on Round 2? Is there only two tips for the poncho, the front and back or do you add more tips? I don't understand how to increase the three double crochets in each space to make the poncho bigger. Any help would be appreciated. Love the pattern and want to make it for my daughter.

DROPS Design 17.04.2020 - 09:50:

Dear Mrs M Kail, could you please ask your question on the comments/questions section of this pattern? It would be much easier for us to answer you. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy crocheting!

Eva Garcia 15.04.2020 - 18:04:

Puedo mezclar ovillos de Drops You#8 con ovillos de Drops Paris?

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 - 00:48:

Hola Eva. Si, se pueden combinar ambas calidades (pertenecen al mismo grupo de lanas).

Cristina Beleta Ferran 31.03.2020 - 21:33:

Cuantos ovillos de Cotton Kings Twirs necesito para este patron en tlla XXL?? TENGO 3

DROPS Design 26.07.2020 - 20:39:

Hola Cristina. No puedo resolver tu pregunta, no tengo información sobre esta calidad de hilo. Este apartado es para las lanas de la marca Drops.

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